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Poet X
Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
A powerful novel with an unforgettable voice, perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur, The Hate U Give and Sarah Crossan's One. Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But X has secrets - her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent. A novel about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, no matter how hard it is to say. Brave, bold and beautifully written, this is perfect for fans of Orangeboy, Nicola Yoon's Everything Everything and Zoella Book Club choice Moxie. ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city's tough grit. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over twelve years of performance experience, Acevedo has been a featured performer on BET and Mun2, as well as delivered several TED Talks. She has performed internationally and her poetry has been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post and Teen Vogue. Elizabeth is a National Slam Champion, Beltway Grand Slam Champion, and the 2016 Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington, D.C, where she lives and works.
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SleepyDragon
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Kinda cheating, but ... #LetterX is a prominent part of the title, so I'm going with it.

I've never read a modern novel in verse before, and it is definitely a genre I want to explore more.

This one had a way of drawing you in even if you couldn't exactly relate personally to the protagonist's situation.

#Alphabetgame

Suet624 Loved this book. 1mo
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Allylu
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I cheated a little on this one. #LetterX #AlphabetGame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Andrew65 The most difficult letter! 1mo
LeeRHarry I just did this too 😆 1mo
Eggs Thanks for tag ❤️❤️ 1mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Like everyone else, the only book I can think of for #LetterX is this one. Luckily, it's fantastic and deserving of all the love it will get today. #Alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Cinfhen So clever 🙌🏻🧡 1mo
bookandbedandtea @Cinfhen Thank you! 💜 1mo
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Karisimo
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If you haven‘t listened to Elizabeth Acevedo read her own books, you haven‘t fully experienced this #letterX and also her second work With the Fire on High!

#AlphabetGame
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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slategreyskies
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I love this one!! :)

#LetterX #AlphabetGame

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Five stars!! Highly recommended!! ✨

#LetterP #AlphabetGame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this!! 1mo
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Zuhkeeyah
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Everyone should experience this book. It is not an idle read. No. These words stomp across the page. They carry whispers of buried hopes. These words are alive with passion and full of dreams. Poet X breathes every word into life as she discovers how to fight for her own.

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PageShifter I have read this 😀 3mo
TheSpineView @PageShifter It's on my list! Have heard good things! 3mo
PageShifter 👍 I hope you'll enjoy 💞 3mo
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Eggs @TheSpineView It is amazing/awesome 🫶🏻 3mo
Blaire It‘s great. Also really good on audio! 3mo
TheSpineView @Eggs 🤩🌞📖 3mo
TheSpineView @Blaire Good to know! 3mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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I lost this book midway 6 months back. Found it in the storeroom today randomly, and finished it in one sitting. So happy about it!!

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Bookish_Gal
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The power of words. Being quiet outside doesn‘t mean you‘re quiet inside. Words bounce around a lot in Xiomara. While I don‘t understand her life, I can feel her desire to let loose. To find her freedoms. Through her journals; her lifeline. That‘s the power of words. Xiomara gets better in standing up from her fists to her words. This growth is amazingly written. She questions it all
Book being written this way helps tell story. Used book

slategreyskies I loved this book!! 4mo
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kricheal
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Absolutely loved this.

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Jari-chan
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The Poet X vs. The Founding was so, so hard to choose. I chose the Poet because it came as a surprise to me, while I knew I was going to love The Founding.

So here we are.

Texreader Isn‘t this fun? Having to make some real decisions this month! 😁 5mo
Jari-chan @Texreader Everything's easy compared to this 😂 5mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next

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CaitZ
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This was good, but for some reason, I didn't connect with the story as much as with her other two books. #BookSpinBingo #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Andrea4
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"my body was a problem"
I'm walking and listening with some tears in my eyes because I don't know any woman who hasn't felt this way. Maybe not specifically in the context of X, i.e. being sexualised by men at a young age when it is unwanted, but just in general. How young we get taught that our bodies are problems to always be fixed, tweaked, solved, worked on, etc. That's just fuckin' sad.

Bookzombie It is! 6mo
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All of the stars 🌟 I loved this. Once I started, I was loathe to put it down (this why I sneak read most of this under my desk at work 🤫😆). While depicting the specific experience of Xiomara, Acevedo is able to capture feelings that may be near universal for teens - feeling lonely, unheard by the adults in your life, wanting to belong, wanting to be unnoticed, but also wanting to shine.

Suet624 I agree. I couldn‘t put it down either. So@good. 6mo
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shortsarahrose
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“She cocks her head at me, and pats the seat next to her.
‘I‘m Isabelle, who woulda thought you was a poet? Dope.‘”

Pigpen_Reads I enjoyed this book! 6mo
shortsarahrose @Pigpen_Reads I‘m enjoying it so much! 6mo
Pigpen_Reads @shortsarahrose I've read a couple of her books and have enjoyed them. She's really good 👍🏽 6mo
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Jari-chan
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Wow! What a book! And I got lucky to get audio book read by Acevedo herself. That's even more intense! This is so strong, so deep, so important and meaningful. Amazing and breathtaking. For sure one of this months highlights.

KathyWheeler I loved this book! I‘ve heard the audio was amazing; I may have to check that out. 7mo
Jari-chan @KathyWheeler The audio book is amazing - I can highly recommend it! 7mo
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wideeyedreader
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Had to re-read this one for a class, and really enjoyed it! Plus, it‘s a great excuse to get my own copy lol

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OriginalCyn620
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Another winner from Acevedo! The lady sure has talent! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

#bookspinbingo - got a 3rd bingo!
#pop22 - book by a Latinx author

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 8mo
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Pogue
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Wow! I listened to this and it was amazing.

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emmaturi
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I loved this story, it was moving and emotional. I have not read many books in verse, but I do enjoy that way of writing.

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BillBlume
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO will discuss the recent removal of THE POET X from a New Kent Middle School in Virginia, as James River Writers explores the harmful effects of book banning and the not so subtle patterns emerging in the books that are being targeted.

https://jamesriverwriters.org/event/censorship-book-banning-an-important-and-tim...

Suet624 Why did they ban her book?? 10mo
Christine @Suet624 My thought exactly! 10mo
Suet624 @Christine I just googled it. “Anti-Christian”. Wow, sensitive much? 10mo
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IuliaC
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"Late into the night I write and
the pages of my notebook swell
from all the words I‘ve pressed onto them.
It almost feels like
the more I bruise the page
the quicker something inside me heals."

It is incredible how this prose in verse can encompass such a fabulous avalanche of emotions, hit with giant waves of teenage frustration and passion and make the reader relive that unforgettable age that is adolescence.

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BillBlume
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This is one of the most important events James River Writers is holding this year. Banning books isn‘t about protecting children, it‘s about silencing voices that need to be heard. This is a chance to learn how to help protect the stories that need to be shared. The deadline to register is December 5th. #BannedBooks

https://jamesriverwriters.org/event/censorship-book-banning-an-important-and-tim...

Branwen Just signed up! Thanks so much for this! 💕📚💕 10mo
BillBlume @Branwen yay! Thanks, and I hope you‘ll enjoy it. 10mo
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mcctrish
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Gorgeous day here in London ON today ( 15° C) finished this amazing book today driving to school. I cried at the end ? this is a small but powerful book and the audio is phenomenal

Suet624 I've read this twice. Love it so much. 11mo
mcctrish @Suet624 I can see the appeal in reading/listening to this twice/multiple times. 11mo
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mcctrish
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Making me think of On the Come Up and Clap When You Land. Loving this on audio

PurpleyPumpkin Agreed! I really enjoyed the audiobook too. 11mo
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Jas16
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An audiobook that is short in length but packed with emotion. I usually avoid books #writteninverse but so enjoyed this one. Acevado writes such strong characters and I felt so much for Xiomora as she discovers her voice and explores the tumult of emotions she feels growing into herself and finding her way within her family, her first relationship; and her world.

#booked2021

GondorGirl I adored this one! 11mo
britt_brooke SO good! 11mo
Leftcoastzen I loved this one! 11mo
Suet624 I‘ve read this book twice. Sooo good. 9mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This is an amazing book. I will be purchasing a physical copy.
The story. The writing. The emotion. Fantastic.
I only have one issue … why did I wait so long!?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OrangeMooseReads
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Excuse my language… Holy fuck what took me so long!!!!?

Cortg So good! 13mo
TheBookHippie One of my favorites . Students love it. 13mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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There's no denying that Acevedo is a powerful writer, invoking a strong sense of place, culture, and emotions with her beautiful prose. In this book a teenage girl finds her voice, learns to accept herself and her body, comes to terms with the differences between her and her family - it's a complete coming of age tale told in free verse that flows as easily as water from the tap. A quick read that shouldn't be missed.

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Beccacraft
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Second book by Acevedo and it didn‘t disappoint. I love that‘s it‘s written in verse, especially because the main character, Xiomara, learns confidence and self-acceptance through writing in verse. It‘s very poignant for a teenage girl but I immediately passed the book on to my sister and mom to read as it touches all ages.

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Victoria_Clyne
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I don't usually read poetry but I found this verse novel amazing. It is a YA about Xiomara who is struggling to find her place in the world until she discovers slam poetry. She expresses her feelings and fears through her written words and as she gains confidence she shares her writing.

This is the second novel that I've read by Acevedo and I've loved both of them. Looking forward to reading more.

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kathedron
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Don't be hating on me. I liked it: didn't love it. I was rooting for Xiomara as she came into her power by finding and learning to trust her voice through poetry. (I could have done without all the obsessing about a boy, but she *is* a teenager.) But that's the thing: I enjoyed it as a novel. As *verse* it read to my ear as chopped-up prose. I think it wants an actual voice to bring it to life. There must be an audiobook, surely? I'd choose that.

GondorGirl The audiobook was really well done. 1y
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ameliaR230
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This story gave me so much inspiration that I placed myself in the shoes of the protagonist. Writing allowed me to express my voice, and Xiomara wanted her voice to be heard. I am grateful to have read the story about a young poet, who goes through this navigation called life. I am also even more proud to have this book in my Recommended Book Club.

Moonprismpower Hmm i literally had this book in hand at the library the other day. I was considering trying it. Now I want to check it out. Thank you for your review. 1y
ameliaR230 @Moonprismpower You are so welcome. 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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I love books written in verse. This was a story that‘s told so beautifully. I loved the unflinching look into some hard themes like rape culture, body shaming, slut shaming, religion/religious abuse etc. I also adored Xiamara. The only thing negative I can say is a spoiler for the ending so I won‘t get into that. But I would happily read more from this author.

#Booked2021 - latinx author

Cinfhen This one was phenomenal! Don‘t forget that we are now tallying completed prompts with a form submission? You have until midnight, **July 3** to fill out the second quarter form? ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
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magyklyXdelish @TheAromaofBooks this was a free space for #BookSpinBingo - forgot to tag you 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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I finished Midnight Library last night, I‘ll post a review later this evening. I try to write reviews before I dive into another book but my goal is to finish this one before work tonight. Since it‘s written in verse I don‘t think that will be too much of a challenge.

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natalieebloom
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My favorite summer activity: reading a whole YA book in one day. This one was in one sitting! I don‘t read poetry often, but I loved this one.

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Zoe-h
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Wow, Elizabeth Acevedo is an amazing author!!! All the books I‘ve read by her have been amazing, and this one was no different. The one thing I would have liked is if there had been a sequel following Xavier‘s experience throughout and after this book. 5🌟

ferskner This is amazing on audio, too! 1y
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Brewychock48
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This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story. It is well written,very interesting.
Lots of feelings in this story.
I love Xiomara. I feel for her,but she is strong. I rooted for her from the beginning.
Her mom was very hard on her because her mom did not want Xiomara to end up like her. She wanted more for Xiomara. Xiomara has a brother, Xavier. A quiet young man,with his own problems.

Suet624 I‘ve read this twice and loved it both times. 1y
SarahBradley Read CLAP WHEN YOU LAND 😉 1y
Brewychock48 @SarahBradley ,thanks for the recommendation. I will look it up😊 1y
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Mrs.C
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This book has been sitting on my shelf for a year waiting to be read. I decided to pick it up this morning and I‘m so mad at myself for letting it sit there. For so long. Xiomara writes her thoughts and feelings through poems in a journal. Poems about boys, and questioning religion, being able to be herself. The novel is told entirely in verse. 4.5⭐️

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dearb00kshelves
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I picked up the audiobook for The Poet X while I was on a walk and needed something to listen to. I was immediately drawn into Acevedo's voice and storytelling and couldn't stop listening even after my walk was over. This is a short story but one that packs so much into it. I remember thinking that if I'd picked this up at my local library when I was a teenager, it would have been one of those that I checked out over and over again. cont IG and GR

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Karisa
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💗 💗 💗

Just finished the audiobook version of this beautiful novel. It's read by the author which is always a plus! Poetry and fierce feminism, what's not to love?

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BookishTrish
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Commute view. New audiobook. I loved Acevedo‘s voice and the way she uses it.

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klbwriting
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This was amazing. I love a book in verse and this was beautiful. The story in the verse is enthralling and features family, first love, and tackles parents' expectations and how sometimes you just can't live up to them. And that's ok. Just beautiful

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klbwriting
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They just called Jay-z, Nas, and Eve 'old-school' rappers. I. Am. Ancient.

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klbwriting
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Excited to read this but I noticed it has like a 97% rating. I love to try to find the bad reviews of books that are clearly loved. Couldn't find the so so or pan reviews of this one so not sure why that rating but seems to be well loved.

TrishB If you use the book but are not rating it (quotes or blurb) it seems to reduce the rating. I think that‘s it! 2y
klbwriting That is so weird why would that hurt the rating? Huh didn't realize that 2y
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